Financial - Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Where does UFRA’s budget actually come from? Is it only from Utah Valley University?

The majority of funds which cover all the expenses in training delivery come from a contract between Utah Valley University (UVU) and the State of Utah. The Utah State Fire Prevention Board has the responsibility to oversee the funds and they award the money based upon an approved contract. Those funds are generated by a portion of a “premium tax” levied on fire insurance policies sold within the state and collected by the Utah State Tax Commission.

2. What do the courses actually cost to deliver? Are there any examples?

Although costs fluctuate based on fuel prices, travel distances, and instructor fees; the average 2-day class with props runs between $2,700 and $3,300 for that 16 hour delivery. A full “direct delivery” Firefighter I course (which includes up to 6 different props during the class) can cost just over $ 9,000.00 for the complete course.

3. Why are some classes free, but fire schools have registration fees?

The free classes are covered by the contract mentioned in the above budget question. UFRA is contracted to provide requested courses to the fire service and pays for those deliveries through the contract monies. Fire Schools require the acquisition of rented classroom and/or convention space along with added travel, logistical and other related expenses which are in addition to the course costs. It must be pointed out that despite the collection of registration fees, the fire schools are heavily subsidized by training dollars.

4. What are the costs for the different classes and props?

As of winter 2008, the Flashover trailer costs about $1,100 for each burn. The Initial Fire Attack (IFA) trailer runs about $900 per burn. The Instructor I/II, Fire Officer I, and Inspector I classes expense out at just under $ 2,000.00 per course.